Jakub Vrana
Jakub Vrana
22-Year-Old Right WingRW
Washington Capitals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Vrana's full season in the NHL ranks was riddled with inconsistency. While he managed 13 goals and 27 points in 73 games, the young winger was shuffled around the lineup and benched on multiple occasions during the regular season and playoffs. Still, he could've done worse than eight points in 23 playoff games, and the first-round (13th overall) pick from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft figures to enter the regular season in a top-six role. Blessed with great speed, a quick release and solid offensive instincts, Vrana has all the makings of a consistent scoring threat provided that he habitually delivers on the backcheck. Andre Burakovsky is the only one who could conceivably cut into Vrana's ice time, but the potential exists for a breakout campaign,and owners should seize him up accordingly in the late rounds of fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals in July of 2014. The deal carries a cap hit of $925,000 per season.
Tallies helper Tuesday
RWWashington Capitals
January 16, 2019
Vrana recorded an assist and two shots during Tuesday's 7-2 loss to the Predators.
ANALYSIS
The helper gives Vrana three goals and five points in as many games as the 22-year-old is starting to round into form as a top-six winger as he's knocking on the door of a career season heading into restricted free agency this summer. The Czech winger has been productive enough to warrant rostering in standard formats and perhaps even a must-own status in deeper leagues.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    14:09
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:09
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:00
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2016–17
11:07
1:48
0:00
2017–18
12:30
0:40
0:00
2018–19
14:09
1:09
0:00
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Another solid showing in the AHL last season earned Vrana 21 games in the nation's capital with the big club, and while he wasn't an instant success, he showed enough with six points (four on the power play) to remain highly intriguing heading into the 2017-18 season. Adding to that intrigue is that Vrana appears to have a legitimate chance at winning a top-six role for the Caps, although the No. 13 overall pick from the 2014 draft isn't guaranteed anything -- he'll even have to earn his roster spot. It’s tantalizing to think about what Vrana might be able to accomplish on a young, talented second line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky, and that makes his situation well worth watching in training camp, as he could increase his fantasy draft stock significantly with a big showing.
The 13th overall pick from the 2014 NHL Draft, Vrana was expected to take a major step forward in his development with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Those expectations appeared to be dashed when the Czech Republic native suffered a wrist injury early in the season that caused him to miss several weeks of action. Despite the setback, Vrana returned to action the same potent offensive player as before and finished the season with 16 goals and 34 points in 38 games. It was in the AHL Playoffs, however, that the talented winger demonstrated his true potential, as he led the Bears in playoff scoring with eight goals and 14 points in 21 games. With a terrific combination of speed and shooting prowess, Vrana is expected to be a key offensive producer for the Capitals in the future, but with a glut of talented players already in the top-six he will need a strong showing in training camp to make the roster for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season, and is likely to once again start the season in the minors.
Vrana is a speedy, shifty winger who knows how to snipe – he’s a natural goal scorer with good hockey sense. He spent last season playing with Linkoping in Sweden and delivered 12 goals and 12 assists in 44 games as a 19-year-old. Vrana hit North American ice right at the end of the season and immediately made a dent, totaling five assists in three regular-season games with Hershey, then two goals and four assists in 10 playoff games. He’ll start this season in the AHL unless he knocks the jocks off the Caps’ brass in training camp. That’s possible, but not very likely. A year or two in the A will help him learn to play tough along the wall, use his linemates and build some muscle. But it won’t take more than a few seasons for Vrana to ascend to a job in D.C. Dynasty-league owners should monitor his game or stash him if they have really deep rosters. Otherwise, play the waiting game.
A bit of a surprise selection for the Capitals in June’s draft, Vrana adds more top-flight offensive talent to an organization swimming with potential blue-chip point producers. A potential top-five selection heading into last season, Vrana was inconsistent during his regular season with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League. However, Vrana turned heads at the IIHF Under-18 Championships, and his dominant performance was enough for the Capitals to take him with the 13th overall pick. Recently signed to a three-year extension by Linkoping, the Capitals appear content to let Vrana develop overseas in 2014-15, with the aim of getting him to North America in the next year or so. Possessing an NHL-caliber shot and Marian Gaborik-like upside, Vrana has all the tools to be an outstanding fantasy player once he’s further along in the development process.
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Lights lamp Thursday
RWWashington Capitals
January 11, 2019
Vrana tallied a goal with a plus-2 rating, three shots, and two hits during Thursday's 4-2 win over the Bruins.
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Fills scoresheet Tuesday
RWWashington Capitals
January 8, 2019
Vrana tallied two goals -- one on the power-play -- an assist, a plus-2 rating and four shots during Tuesday's 5-3 win against the Flyers.
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On pace for 40-point season
RWWashington Capitals
December 31, 2018
Vrana scored his 12th goal of the season in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Predators.
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Posts two-goal outing
RWWashington Capitals
December 5, 2018
Vrana scored a pair of goals and recorded a plus-2 rating in a 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
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Dishes two assists
RWWashington Capitals
November 21, 2018
Vrana dished out two helpers -- one on the power play -- in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Blackhawks.
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